Mr. Samuel J. Seymour, the last living eyewitness to the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C. was the mystery guest on the February 8, 1956 episode of the I've Got a Secret game show. Mr. Seymour (March 28, 1860 – April 12, 1956) was actually 95 years of age at the time of this appearance instead of 96.
Host: Garry Moore
Panelists from left to right: Bill Cullen, Jayne Meadows, Henry Morgan, Lucile Ball
I realize that clips from this show are available elsewhere on YouTube, but I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to put it on my channel and share it with those of you who may not have already seen it. I have also added an excerpt of the article mentioned to the end of the video which sheds a little more light on Mr. Seymour's horrifying experience.
Here is the link to the article, "I Saw Lincoln Shot" by/about Mr. Seymour mentioned in the video: https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=wHUxAAAAIBAJ&sjid=SBAEAAAAIBAJ&pg=5624%2C3979599
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This tough old guy lived during the Civil War and 2 World Wars, thru the Golden Age and end of the steam age, and into the electronic age, and was alive for 2 presidential assassinations! Not to mention the Great Depression and the first Air Flight...
Je basically lived through Half of the entire US History.
Worst President in US History besides Obama, Tyrant had US citizens in the South Slaughtered over his jealousy of Taxes, and when he realized his big mistake then he decided to act like it was over Slavery. Mr Lincoln Fu** You
My great grandfather was born in 1896,fought in both world wars,got shot 2 times in the same arm,and lived trough the Cold War, the death of Stalin,the battle of Stalingrad, and finally saw the dissolution of the Soviet union
Wow, it would have been SO cool to go piss on the tyrants head right after the patriot Booth shot him. Maybe even probe the brain hole with a stick to hopefully torture him a him a bit with!
Sic Semper Tyrannis!
This is fucking unbelievable. I stopped the video at 2:53 right when he asked the question while smiling who this person may be. Now what the fuck is so funny? There is an old man with one hell of a swollen head and is the witness to one of the most well known assassinations of American history. And you laugh? This is bullshit! They beat that man, the two guys on the sides of him know that. The old man is acting deaf because the guy on his right is there to make sure he says the right things. The guy asking the questions is in on it too. He's surrounded by the very people that are going to kill him and blame it on the fall. I know what your saying, he's 96, old people usually do die from falls. But I think his fall was more of a push with a trip. I'm just saying Peep.
Jayne Meadows was a very attractive woman.
That said, it must have been surreal sitting in Ford's theater that day. Booth wouldn't have gotten anywhere close enough to make that little pistol effective had that been today. Not with tons of SS patrolling every inch of the venue.
My Grandmas last name is Nitler she would tell me story’s about how her life was around that time WW2. She told me she was made fun of and kids would call her Nitler Hitler she would run home crying. She had to change schools because her last name is so close to Hitler. And yes my great grandfather was 100% German and wanted out of Germany so he moved here and married my great grandmother that was born here in the states.
04:30 - But he didn't see President Lincoln shot. He only saw Booth jump from the box. I'm glad he didn't witness the actual shooting; he was 5 years old, that would've been horrible for a small child to see. 😢😢😢😢
Not long ago, I was fortunate enough to assist an elderly gentleman with everyday chores.Occasionally, we would drive around the city, where he would tell stories of persons and events that he was aware of. He was somewhat of a civic leader so he knew soooo much of the local history. Take time to speak to them, before they are gone. It is the best history book never written.
God had no obligation to protect that mostly lifelong atheist. The intelligent reform would have been putting the jackboots down on violent plantation owners and creating merit based share cropping so they would be positioned for happy freedom...unless wandering to Canada was Abe's plan for blacks all along, not helping the Americas.
My great grandmother died at 112. Her great mother was alive when John Adams took power. And her mom was born during Jefferson 2nd term. I wished I could have talked to her. My grand mother only told us the stories she was told.
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